Saturday, March 22, 2008

"Happy Easter Eve!"

...was Mugger's greeting to Bug this morning. Happy Easter Eve, indeed. Usually, we would have spent the morning at the church Easter Egg hunt, but since Mugger hadn't been on his antibiotic for strep throat for 24 hours, that option was out of the picture.

Plans for this evening's devotion time include our annual making of Resurrection Cookies, but this morning we made Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs, thanks to Family Fun.
First we put the eggs in a colander in the sink and sprayed them with vinegar. Then we dripped a drop of food coloring on to each egg and swished the eggs around in the colander. After letting the first color dry for 30 seconds, we did the same with the second color.
So here are Mugger and Bug with their yellow & green eggs and their red & blue eggs. And nobody has blue hands for church tomorrow!

Monday, March 17, 2008

One More Rose Parade Picture...

Just got this today from a friend of Nonnie's, so here at last is a good shot of Mugger and Bug's Papa as Joseph on the Lutheran Hour float in this year's Rose Parade:

What a Day at Disneyland!

Last week the kiddos and I went to Disneyland with Nonnie and Gramps (gotta love those annual passes for a few hours at a time with preschoolers...) Boy, what a day to forget my camera! It was the perfect day as we seemed to just breeze through all the rides and we learned that Mugger is a Roller Coaster Boy-- he LOVED his first time on the Matterhorn and Big Thunder. When we came off of Big Thunder, some Disneyland "cast members" even handed us a pair of Mouse ears (with the Year of a Million Dreams logo on them.) You can see Mugger, Nonnie, and I modeling ours in this pic:
So why are we standing in front of the Mark Twain riverboat? Because Mugger was invited up to the pilot house by the captain to "drive" it (which he will forever think he did, so don't ruin it for him!) He did a great job steering all the way around Tom Sawyer's island, and he and Bug both had fun blowing the whistle and ringing the bell.
The captain was fantastic and it was an experience none of us will ever forget! Nonnie told Mugger she had been coming to Disneyland since 1956 and she had never been up in the pilot house! Good thing Gramps had a camera on his cell phone!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Welcome family and friends!

Hi and thanks for visiting! Mugger and Bug will be so excited when I read them your comments (hint, hint!)

In case you're new to this blogging thing, let me point out a few things for you. On the left side of this page, if you click on either "Click here to have Mugger and Bug updates sent by email" or the "Subscribe in a reader" button, Mugger and Bug updates will be sent to you automatically.

If you see any pix you like, just double click and you'll see them full size. If you see any words in blue in a post, that means it's a link to tell you what I'm talking about.

The Old News and Labels columns on the lower left are just to help you find past posts, especially if you want to find the ones where we talk about you!

And, most important (to the kiddos at least), at the end of each post, it will say something like "0 Comments." If you click on that, you can post a little message to the kiddos. You can't post anonymously, so if you sign in with any e-mail account, it should let you post. I moderate all comments (to make sure you haven't slipped and used their real names, for one), so don't worry if your comment doesn't show up right away.

Enjoy! Feel free to post a comment here if you have any questions :)

Spring Fling (or how the secular world does Easter...)

This Little Light of Mine...

It sure is neat to watch Mugger and Bug grow in faith. Bug's new bedtime routine is to pray for everyone she knows! Usually she repeats after me line by line, but tonight, she prayed by herself: "Dear God, please be with Papa. Keep him safe and help him have good rest. In Your name we pray, amen."

Mugger has been excited to see our Resurrection Eggs make their reappearance as we prepare for Easter and has been teaching Bug what all the items inside the eggs mean. He has even gotten her just as excited as he is when he shouts, "The empty egg reminds us of the empty tomb!" Bug even tried to share this lesson with her fellow two year old buddies in Sunday School this morning when they had an "egg hunt" in class with a bunch of empty eggs.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Tuesday Night at Costco...

To set the scene: when we go through the check-out line at Costco, the kids (riding in the cart) go through on one side of the register, while Papa goes through the other side to pay. I go wherever the kiddos need me to-- they sometimes don't like sitting on the register side without one of us.

Mugger: Mama, we don't need you. You can go stand with Papa.
Bug: Mama, Papa doesn't need you. You can come stand with me!

Goofy girl!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Mugger's middle name? Perseverance!

OK, our little Mugger just blows me away sometimes... He's been out shooting baskets with his tennis ball on the patio. He started at 9:19 (he told me so!) and had me set the timer for 10:00. His final tally after 41 minutes of shooting? 500 -- on the nose!